The Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine is the most common way that typical users interact with we...
The Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine is the most common way that typical users interact with web archives. The Internet Archive uses the Heritrix web crawler to transform pages on the publicly available web into Web ARChive (WARC) �files, which can then be accessed using the Wayback Machine. Because Heritrix can only access the publicly available web, many personal pages (e.g., password-protected pages, social media pages) cannot be easily archived
into the standard WARC format. We have created a Google
Chrome extension,WARCreate, that allows a user to create
a WARC �file from any webpage. Using this tool, content that might have been otherwise lost in time can be archived in a standard format by any user. This tool provides a way for casual users to easily create archives of personal online
content. This is one of the fi�rst steps in resolving issues of
long term storage, maintenance, and access of personal digital assets that have emotional, intellectual, and historical
value to individuals